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Police Searching For 'Suspicious' Person Who Reportedly Approached Student

Town and Country police say the man approached a 12-year-old student and repeatedly offered her a ride as she walked home from school.

The following information was supplied by the Town and Country Police Department.

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According to an email alert sent out by Town and Country police Thursday, a 12-year old female student was walking home from school when she was approached by a man in a car who offered her a ride.

Authorities stated the incident happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the 13200 block of Clayton Road.  

According to the student, the man drove up, pulled alongside her and asked if he could give her a ride home. The email alert from police stated that she declined his repeated offers and made very little eye contact with the man during the interaction.

The man eventually drove off and she continued walking home, according to investigators.

The student described the man as being in his fifties with a scruffy, unshaven appearance and thinning grey hair.

The vehicle is described as a dull, reddish-colored mini-van with bigger windows.

"We're playing it safe and putting the information out there in case he would show up somewhere else," Town and Country Police Captain Gary Hoelzer tells Patch.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lieutenant Rick Kranz at 314-587-2860 or by email, kranzrg@town-and-country.org.

Police urge residents to call 911 if they observe any suspicious people, vehicles or activity in their neighborhoods or contact Town and Country police dispatch at 314-737-4600.

Anonymous tips can also be called in to St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers at 866-317-TIPS (8477).

*Please contact Local Editor Gabrielle Biondo with any questions regarding the above report.

JoanLauterbach March 08, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Hope she remembers the make of the car and got the license plate number,,,Most of all thankful she is still safe,,,hope they find this person very quickly!
NanS March 10, 2013 at 03:02 AM
I don't know how far this girl was walking alone but just because a kid is "old enough" to walk home alone doesn't mean she could fight off a possible kidnapper. What is wrong with parents?

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